Blessed Theodore Romzha – Feast Day – November 1 2023

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Blessed Theodore George Romzha was also called Teodor Jurij Romzha.

He was the bishop of the Ruthenian Catholic Eparchy of Mukachevo, Ukraine.

He was born on April 14 1911 in Velykyi Bychkiv, Zakarpattia Oblast, Ukraine Ukraine and died on October 31 1947 (aged 36) in Uzhhorod, Ukraine.

We celebrate his feast day on November 1 every year in the Catholic Church.

Blessed Theodore Romzha Biography
 
Date of Birth 14 April 1911
Country of Birth Ukraine in Europe
Place of Work Ukraine
Date of Death 1 November 1947
Place of Death Mukachevo, Ukraine
Feast Day November 1
Beatification Beatified by Pope John Paul II on 24 April 2001
Patron Saint of N/A

Blessed Theodore Romzha Life History

Blessed Theodore George Romzha was a Greek Catholic who Studied philosophy from 1930 to 1933, studied theology in Rome from 1933 to 1937 and received a Licentiate. He was then ordained on 25 December 1936.

Teodor was drafted into the military where he served on the border with Germany and was discharged in 1938. He joined the ministry to the impoverished parish of Berezovo, Maramorosh District. Teodor became a professor of philosophy and spiritual director at the seminary in Uzhorod in 1939. Monsignor in 1942. Consecrated bishop of the Mukachiv eparchy on 24 September 1944.

His eparchy was annexed into Soviet Ukraine on 29 June 1945. Teodor fought to preserve the rights of his Church during the occupation. The atheist government ordered the bishop and all the faithful to renounce any connection with Rome and to submit to the Patriarch of Moscow. Romza refused and the open persecutions by the State began. The government announced that Nestor Sydoruk was the bishop of the eparchy and faithful Greek Catholic priests and lay people were intimidated, harassed, abused, and imprisoned.

Romza travelled his diocese by horse and buggy ministering to his flock. He was severely wounded on 27 October 1947 in a Bolshevik assassination attempt that involved ramming his cart with a motor vehicle, then beating him with rifle butts. He was later murdered in his hospital bed. His work helped many Transcarpathian Christians return from the Orthodox Church to the Greek Catholic. Martyr.

Bl. Teodor Jurij Romzha
Bl. Teodor Jurij Romzha

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